Saturday matinees (kiddie matinees) were a summertime institution in thousands of US movie theaters. They lasted into the late ‘50s when they were finally killed off by Saturday morning children’s TV programming. These three-hour extravaganzas for the cap pistol set consisted of a jumble of multiple cartoons (that often were racially insensitive), serial chapters and one or more feature films that always were B-westerns. Parents and girls (eeu!) weren’t banned, but I don’t remember either showing up. Saturday morning were the unchallenged domain of us vacant-lot cowboys.
This morning’s program begins with matinee serials coming attractions followed by two cartoons and chapter 4 of “Flash Gordon,” and then two more cartoons. Next it’s chapter 5 of the first “Superman” serial. Which leaves us with just enough time for two more cartoons and the Tim McCoy B-western “Lightning Carson Rides Again.”
So stock up on buttered popcorn and Good & Plenty. Then grab seats down front. The show is about to begin. We won’t see daylight again until sometime this afternoon.
October 5, 2019 Subject:
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I was one of those (eeu!) girls in the theater. I was in the balcony lobbing partly-chewed jujubees (small, light, and sticky) at selected people below. Loved the freedom! Loved the films! And, ya, It was very confusing and stressful why racism was so widely tolerated, but In the late 50s/early 60s, it was not 'OK' to even ask questions about it.